The Eagle's Throne
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The author sets the scene - Mexico has lost all forms of electronic communications as the USA has retaliated against Mexico's stance on oil prices and US military action in Latin America. So the book becomes a set of letters and transcripts of tapes sent between various Government officials, politicians, Machiavellian henchmen, Generals, assorted lovers and ex-Presidents.
Mexico - full of promise but full of corruption. ...more
The basic setup is as intriguing as intriguing could be. It’s 2020 and Mexico ...more
The novel consists of letters among high-level politicians, for the most part, commenting and plotting, looking back and looking ahead, humorous and sad, always lively and involving. The monologue is a wonderful thing in the right hands. And it’s best when short, as here.
Also, a wonderful translation into English by ...more
'Carlos Fuentes' like several other writers, has several times used the trope of putting in a fantastical social scenario at the core of the novel and work on it from there, exposing the underbelly of the society (or a part of it) as a whole. You have his own 'Christopher Unborn' and Saramago's several works as example of this. In 'The Eagle's Throne' Fuentes takes up one such scenario and this time the canvas is the Mexican political system, the politicians and of course the intrigues, betrayal ...more
Carlos Fuentes, author of more than 20 books (including The Old Gringo and The Death of Artemio Cruz), knows politics intimately: he served in various government positions in Mexico and as Mexico's ambassador to France in the mid-1970s. The Eagle's Throne, a brilliantly scathing satire on presidential succession, is among Fuentes's best work. Inspired by Machiavelli's The Prince and other texts, Fuentes personalizes power plays through letters in which characters scheme, betray, plot murders, r...more
Mexian Political Fiction at its best: mysterius, secretive, scandelous, sexual, dirty, disgusting; full of betrayal, hidden agendas, love triangles, strong opinions, crazy predictions, and conspiracy theories. "Sex can be immediate, only to e ...more
Sometimes I wonder if it is a problem with translation when I am not enjoying a book th ...more
Lots of good political goings on, all trying for The Eagles Throne, but I just didn't really hook in with the people... I didn't really grow to know, love or hate them enough.
During election season while politicians sling political speeches across your heartstrings I encourage you to read a bit of Carlos Fuentes and learn the way of a politician’s heart. The Eagle’s Throne is characterized as political satire, ...more
And yet I did read the entire t ...more
The plot is interesting -although a very notorious part demands the reader to concede too much-, but morbid without need. This epistolary story has a protagonist figure that undergoes a self-growth quest by learning how the (Mexican) political apparatus operates and who is surrounded by a range of characters that tend to be portrayed as unidimensional and who are supposed to represent the "system". Granted, t ...more
The novel is narrated from the perspectives of different members in the mexican government, and how the plot between them and against them to place a man as President in a near future.
This novel became popular again in the time of presidential elections in Mexico, and even though it is fiction, all the plots might turn out be true.
A great novel that reveals the reality of the mexic ...more
Fuentes was born in Panama City, Panama; his parents were Mexican. Due to his father being a diplomat, during his childhoo ...more